2015 OPM data hack resurfaces in financial crime
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jun 28, 2018
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are expressing concern about reports that Office of Personnel Management data, famously hacked by China a few years ago, has resurfaced as part of a white-collar crime in the United States, GovExec reports.
Earlier this month, the article notes, the Justice Department announced stolen identities had been used in a scheme to rip off a credit union used by federal employees. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) have queried Attorney General Jeff Sessions and OPM Director Jeff Pons about the matter, observing that the recent credit union scam victims were previously hit by the hacking of millions of OPM personnel files.
U.S. authorities to date have assured victims of the OPM hack that their data was part of a foreign government’s espionage and related to possible blackmail plans—and unlikely to be used by garden-variety criminals for financial gain.